Hon Colin De Grussa MLC

QWN: Hon Colin De Grussa to Emergency Services Minister re Legislation review

* UPDATE: Since this post was published, we’ve had great news confirming that Minister Logan will undertake significant public consultation process before introducing any proposed legislative changes to Parliament. Thank you for listening Minister. Please find below a Question Without Notice asked by the Hon Colin de Grussa and answered today by the Hon Stephen…

Last days to nominate a volunteer-supportive employer

The Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA) aim to acknowledge the important role that employers play in supporting and enabling our incredible emergency services volunteers. Here’s what the DFES website says in a way that can’t improve: Employers of emergency services volunteers including self-employed volunteers play a critical role in protecting the community during natural disasters…

Warwick Gibbons: Refurbishing the Canover Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Shed

Please find below a wonderful good news story submitted by Warwick Gibbons, Chairperson of the Coastal Districts State Emergency Service – Jurien Bay Since adopting the State Emergency Service (SES) role, the housing of additional necessary Storm & Rescue equipment has been required. Last August 2018, we were presented with an opportunity to apply for…

2019 Resilient Australia WA award winners

WA Gov’t: Communities that ‘survived and thrived’ in the face of disaster recognised

2019 Resilient Australia WA award winners announced State-wide efforts at improving resilience during natural disasters and emergencies recognised The ability of communities to stay strong and bounce back after adversity has been celebrated at an awards ceremony held at The Westin in Perth. Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan presented the 2019 Resilient Australia WA Awards…

Volunteer Conference: Last 2 days for funded travel and accommodation

The Volunteer Emergency Services (WAFES) Conference will be held this year at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre in Perth from Friday 6 September to Sunday 8 September. The Emergency Services Levy (ESL) will pay for travel, accommodation and food for Bush Fire Volunteer Members who live more than 50km’s from the Perth CBD, however…

Hon Steve Thomas MLC: Bushfire Insurance cost rises must not be dumped on Local Government

Please find below a media statement recently published by Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Hon Dr Steve Thomas MLC. Bushfire Insurance cost rises must not be dumped on Local Government The Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Dr Steve Thomas has called on the State Government to support bushfire management by local governments throughout the state…

Funding for Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades as percentage of Emergency Services Levy 2003-2018 Western Australia

Fact Sheet: Volunteer Bush Fire funding as percentage of Emergency Services Levy billed 2003 – 2018

Please find below a Fact Sheet recently produced by the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) outlining the total amount (operational and capital) of funding provided to Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades as a percentage of Emergency Services Levy (ESL) billed from 2003 to 2018 in Western Australia. NOTE: The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire…

WA Gov’t: $6.4 million mitigation support reduces nearly 940 bushfire risks

26 local governments have benefited from mitigation funding Nearly 940 mitigation activities have been undertaken or planned with $6.4 million of State Government funding assistance Further funding round opening in August Bushfire risks across 26 regional and metropolitan local government areas have been significantly reduced with nearly 940 mitigation activities thanks to State Government mitigation…

Joint media statement – $2.85 million to boost disaster resilience in Western Australia

​25 grants to help local communities and agencies better prepare and plan for natural disasters Part of joint Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Resilience Program Western Australia will be better prepared for disasters with more than $2.85 million in funding awarded to local disaster resilience projects. The Natural Disaster Resilience Program grants are being provided under the…

Emergency Services Volunteer Fuel Card Scheme Western Australia managed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)

ES Volunteer Fuel Card Scheme 2019 now open

Members are advised that applications for the Government’s Emergency Services Volunteer Fuel Card scheme are now open and will close on Monday 15 July 2019. Below is some relevant information provided by DFES as the agency managing the scheme. All Brigades are encouraged to make use of this small “gift” in recognition of some of…